Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Rodriguez.
Hi Vanessa, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always been interested in the beauty industry but did not think I could actually make a career out of it. So, I went to college but ended up not enjoying what I was doing so I decided to go to cosmetology school in 2019.
This was absolutely the best decision I made for myself because I fell in love with doing hair! I graduated from Penrose Academy in early 2020 and was so ecstatic to start my career… but then the pandemic hit. Like everyone else, I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen so I just kept doing what made me happy which was hair. Although it was on mannequins I knew I had to keep up my skills and education if I wanted to make my passion into a career.
Months later, I had an amazing opportunity to assist an independent hairstylist and this opportunity was the chance of a lifetime. I learned everything and more through her and I absolutely recommend assisting once you get out of school. I learned time management skills, business skills, and so many different applications for hair services.
I am now an independent stylist at Phan Haus Scottsdale and never in a million years would I have thought I would be a stylist here. This salon and the stylist there have helped me grow so much as an individual and I am always learning from everyone around me. My number one advice for someone out of school is to find a stylist who fits how you imagine yourself being in the future.
Also finding a salon that is all about helping one another.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Truthfully, if you do not struggle along the way then you are not really learning.
Obviously, as I mentioned before the pandemic hit, right when I graduated from beauty school, and that really took a toll on me. I didn’t know what the future of the beauty industry was going to be like after this. I had to really just trust that I made the right decision and just kept doing what I loved to do.
Also, assisting was definitely hard. It was the best time of my life for sure but I dedicated a whole year of my life to basically just doing hair. I had to skip out on a lot of “fun” things but I personally think that at that stage of your career you have to drop everything to really learn and work hard if you want to be successful.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a hairstylist here in old town Scottsdale!
I have been doing hair for as two years now and I love it more and more every day. My specialty is lived in balayage however, I absolutely love doing natural reds! I think what sets me apart from other stylists is that I really do really care about the hair’s integrity.
If I feel at any point the hair is not strong enough to handle a service I will not do it, and think as stylists sometimes we get scared to say no to something but at the end of the day, we care about them and their hair.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
The hairstylist I assisted is absolutely the best mentor and I am so blessed to have her and her fiancé in my life! Maggie and Linh are incredible people and have not only taught me so much about hair but about business as well.
They really took me under their wing and I appreciate them more than they know… I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
- Mini Highlight $160
- Partial Balayage $250
- Full Balayage $350
- Brazilian Blowouts $280
- Women’s Haircuts $60
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